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Vinicio Castilla Soria, commonly known as Vinny Castilla [cass-TEE-yah] (born July 4, 1967 in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico), is a Major League Baseball third baseman who currently plays for the Washington Nationals. Previously, he played with the Atlanta Braves (1991-92, 2002-03), Colorado Rockies (1993-99, 2004), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000, 2001) and Houston Astros (2001).
A huge favorite among Rockies fans, Castilla hit 40 home runs both in 1996 and 1997, 46 in 1998, and has compiled five 100-plus RBI seasons, leading the National League with a career-high 131 in 2004.
In 14-season career Castilla is a .280 hitter with 303 home runs and 1012 RBI in 1625 games.
- Twice All-Star (1995, 1998)
- 3-time Silver Slugger Award (1995, 1997-98)
- Led NL in RBI (2004)
- Led NL in games played (162, 1998)
- Joined Andrés Galarraga and Ellis Burks as just the second trio of 40-homer teammates in MLB history (1996)
- Joined Galarraga, Burks and Dante Bichette as just the third 100-RBI team-quartet in MLB history (1996)
- Top 500 home run hitters of all time
- List of NL Silver Slugger Winners at Third Base
- List of players from Mexico in Major League Baseball
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